Yet there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of low cost quality knives made by major manufacturers that work so well they become the favorites of those that carry them. A knife doesn't have to be expensive or forged out of unobtanium to be effective. It just has to work well.
One knife that has emerged as one of my favorites is a simple $20 knife from Buck. The BuckLite Max model 482.
|BuckLite Max 482. This is the medium model - my favorite.|
I like is so much I had C.J. and Chuck Buck sign the blade
at the 2012 Blade Show.
Why does it work so well for me? For my daily needs it is the perfect combination of size, weight, blade shape and features. This knife has been in my pocket almost continuously for the past year. All other lockback folders I've tested for daily use have fallen by the wayside, mainly because of weight, size or blade shape issues. Here in the deep South, when you are wearing lightweight shorts during the extended hot summers you do not need or want a heavy, overly large blade in your pocket.
What keeps the weight down is the knife's simplicity of construction. It is just two glass reinforced nylon handle scales mated to a blade. There are no handle liners or bolsters to add weight. Of course the blade lacks the sophisticated pivot support found in more expensive (and heavier) folding knives. This makes the knife, in theory, less rugged and more prone to breakage under heavy use. Again, in theory. In a year of use I have had no problem with this knife blade loosening around the pivot pin. Of course I don't abuse it. If I've got to do some cutting that will put a lot of torque on the knife handle I'll go get a fixed blade knife.
No, you won't be able to pry your way out of an armored personnel carrier with this knife, but for general cutting chores it's just about perfect. For a mere $20 (eBay vendor price) it can't be beat.